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Just reading the word bladder makes me need to visit the bathroom.  :(

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This Saturday (6/19) my local area is having a charity home brew festival, and the way they got around it is NC did not like selling tickets to an event where untaxed beer is being given away, so they started a "join the charity" fee and the state let it go. So for $15 you can become a member of the charity and enjoy ~ 5-6 hours of free home brewed beer, not sure of this would fly in other states or not
It wouldn't fly in Texas. You can't put a barrier between people and beer. That's how I can get into Sam's and Costco without a membership.  ;D

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Beer Travel / Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:33:25 AM »
Well I always say we are the biggest smallest town in Texas. San Antonio has a pop of 1.5 million and only two brewpubs in the city that I'm aware of.

But you have at least four times the number of brewery/brewpubs as Fort Worth.

And twice the number as Eola, TX (pop. 218).  ;D

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale
« on: January 22, 2013, 12:07:51 PM »
I took a small sip and was like....dang NO mouthfeel kinda watery.
Shiner beers tend to be thin in my experience. I still like most of 'em, though.

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The Pub / Re: Why does Budweiser just not get it?
« on: January 17, 2013, 09:15:54 AM »
Here's what craft brewers should be fearing: ABInBev decides to make a version of the number one beer in the country: Pliny the Elder.

If the management decided to make a DIPA to rival Pliny, they could do it.  They employ great brewers. (Before you tell me they don't, remember that Mitch Steele and Dan Carey both worked for Budweiser.) They have amazing technology. And they could make an amazing DIPA.

That's what I would do if I were in charge.

Who would buy it though?

I would venture a guess that 90% of people who buy Pliny know who makes it and where it comes from. It AB-Inbev made it, those 90% would not be loyal to them and who in their current market would buy something like that? I just don't see that as a plausible option.
If it was good, I would drink it. I would know it came from the plant in Houston, just a day's drive away.

Frankly, I don't get the whole "hate AB and MC and everything they make" mindset. I guess it's like the Mac and Linux people hating Microsoft. It's "I'm cooler than 92% of the beer drinkers in the country." Or,  "I live in a cooler state than the other 49." I don't drink AB and MC beers generally. I like Budweiser, I like Coors Light. There is a time and a place for any beer.

Except Lone Star Bock. That stuff's nasty.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: travelling with lots of beer
« on: January 16, 2013, 05:54:16 PM »
I drive.  ;D

On the way to NHC in Cincy we stopped in Lynchburg and Loretto.  We hit liquor stores on the way up and back to Texas.  We joked that if you saw a blue flame on the Interstate, it was us.

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The Pub / Re: Why does Budweiser just not get it?
« on: January 16, 2013, 05:32:46 PM »
I don't know why anyone cares why Budweiser doesn't get it. Ultimately, their goal, as any business, is to get and keep majority market share. They have it. When it was an American company, they tried with their American Ale.

But that was doomed from the start, flavor aside. The craft beer community started b****ing about it the moment it was announced. (Kinda like this.) Then we tasted it. Yeah, we were right.  It was crap.

Here's what craft brewers should be fearing: ABInBev decides to make a version of the number one beer in the country: Pliny the Elder.

If the management decided to make a DIPA to rival Pliny, they could do it.  They employ great brewers. (Before you tell me they don't, remember that Mitch Steele and Dan Carey both worked for Budweiser.) They have amazing technology. And they could make an amazing DIPA.

That's what I would do if I were in charge.

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The Pub / Re: Lone Star Bock
« on: January 16, 2013, 05:12:23 PM »
I drank one of the last ones I had the other day. I didn't get diacityl.  I got maple syrup.  Sweet and cloying.

Today, I got a six pack of Alaskan Amber at my local beer store. "Buy the last six pack and I'll give you a 10% discount," the owner says.  "Sure!" I say.

Tastes a lot like Lone Star Bock to me.  Anyone want 5 bottles of Alaskan Amber?

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The Pub / Re: Lone Star Bock
« on: January 13, 2013, 09:01:10 AM »
I bought a six pack.  I drank one.  My brother drank one.  My nephew drank one.  I'm pretty sure the snails would avoid this crap.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC is in Grand Rapids MI
« on: December 06, 2012, 03:17:50 PM »
I saw this a couple months ago.  The venue actually had it listed on their events page.  I didn't want to be the one to let that cat out... ;D

Looking forward to this one too!

I saw that on the venue's website, too. And I too kept mum.

Damn Texas Laws.  I was looking forward to a "local" NHC.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« on: June 11, 2012, 03:37:50 PM »
I have had the local UPS store open my box. I too got the lecture. I took the box across town to an independent shipper and never had a problem since.

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Zymurgy / Re: Why should I renew my subscription?
« on: April 28, 2012, 08:11:36 AM »
I am curious about those that say they are "supporting their hobby". Do you think if you and others didn't join that we'd go back to an era before 1979 when you weren't allowed to legally make your own wine and beer?
The AHA has been instrumental in getting homebrewing legalized in Utah, and is working on getting it legalized in Alabama. There are politicians who equate homebrew rigs with meth labs. If enough of 'em get in office, they will criminilize the hobby.

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The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: April 07, 2012, 11:30:42 AM »
I visited Texas last year and all of the major state roads are called Farm to Market XX or Ranch to Market XX, instead of Route or Highway XX. Has to do with the legislative bills that originally funded their construction.

In Maine, if you were not born there, you're "from away".
I wouldn't say Farm or Ranch Roads are "major" roads. Texas does have State Highways. Hundreds of them. State Highway 16 runs from San Antonio to Witchita Falls, for example, and passes through my town. State Highway 71 runs from Brady, in Central Texas, through Austin and down almost to the coast. The Farm and Ranch roads are generally shorter roads designed to help farmers and ranchers more easily move their product.

In larger cities, some of those Farm and Ranch roads are divided highways, but out in the sticks they are definitely inferior to state highways.

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my guess is that all 10 regions in the US fill up in 2 days with most regions filling up today.

the canadian competition will probably add aboot 300 entries.

on a different note....why is it that in america, its a "national" competition when other countries are invited to participate BUT we have "world" champions when other countries are not invited?
Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? Why are they called apartments when they're all stuck together?  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Need new propane burner
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:35:58 AM »
The Blichmann floor burner.
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/blichmann-floor-burner.html


Specifically designed for the homebrewer.

Don't forget the leg extensions.  I love mine.

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